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From: Wilcox Lisa <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] placing your research online
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:32:34 -0800
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In-Reply-To: <D9CACD8568D24CDD87E21DBE5D83CD34@HP>

In fact, online availability on the web may be the best opportunity to
correct longstanding errors. Book publication has become prohibitively
expensive and, as genealogical information accumulates at an ever-
increasing rate, the contents of a book are outdated before it reaches
the marketplace.

Might a genealogical wiki, designed for collaboration, commentary,
discussion, source identification and factual correction over time, be
the way to go?


On Feb 7, 2010, at 10:41 AM, Diana Gale Matthiesen wrote:

> Definitely agree, Cornelia.
> One very good thing about WorldConnect is that visitors can add
> "Postems" to
> files, pointing out errors. When I do find an error, and there are
> many
> egregious ones in the database, I take the time to add a Postem to
> every file in
> the database containing it. No, I'm not just being a pedantic
> twit. I think if
> we are going to stamp out these errors, some of which are of long
> standing
> because they were published in a book, it is our responsibility to
> do what we
> can to correct them. That is, to be part of the solution, not part
> of the
> problem.
> Thankfully, in addition to being able to backup corrections with good
> documentation, many of these are corrections I can now back up with
> DNA test
> results.
> Diana
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: On Behalf Of
>> Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 1:01 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [DNA] placing your research online
>> Lindsey, if you do not place your genealogy online, then you are
>> perpetuating the research you say has errors in it.
>> during my 21 years of research, I have occasionally
>> started up the
>> wrong branch of a tree, and am guilty of having put it on the web. in
>> one instance, people have taken my error and run with it-not that
>> they've attempted to add to it, but they have copied it. however, I
>> have corrected it and emailed the people who copied that part of my
>> tree and notified them of my error. so I have made every effort
>> available to me to clear up my error and put as accurate a tree as
>> possible online. without doing so, it's just a mess of erronious
>> data. whenever we can put accurate, documented genealogy online, we
>> should so that people can look at, compare and consider the available
>> data. it's the same as publishing a thesis in theory. as for those
>> who
>> just won't share, the people in your tree aren't just your ancestors
>> and relatives, we are all related and all trees interconnect at some
>> point, and you don't have imperial rights to the data. sharing would
>> put you in a better possition for possibly ending up with a long lost
>> bible or other family treasures, which you are cutting yourself off
>> from by not sharing.
>> Cornelia
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